- Few Southeast students face suspension, expulsion for sexual assaults, campus paper finds (4/25/17)5
- Pilot House goes smoke-free (4/23/17)10
- Woman battered after smashing boyfriend's meth pipe against wall, police say (4/25/17)
- Event includes the first public tour of 200-year-old Elmwood Manor (4/23/17)3
- BBB warns Jackson man's online business might not be legit (4/24/17)
- Cape councilman Bob Fox to run for mayor (4/21/17)5
- Cape couple turns their home into cozy, comfortable music venue (4/24/17)
- Perryville family organizing bone-marrow drive Friday for ailing 6-year-old boy (4/26/17)
- Without city record, Marie Street residents on hook for thousands in sewer repairs (4/19/17)7
- Sikeston man charged in shooting death of Cape man (4/23/17)
We can't afford casino
I am proud to call Cape Girardeau my home. However, recently I have become concerned about the prospect of a casino becoming a part of our beautiful city. I harbor strong opposition to the proposed casino.
A casino is profitable to the owners at the expense of the losers. These losers are those least able to afford to lose. Many will be gambling trying to "hit it big" with money that should be used to provide for their families. I have no idea what the ratio of winners to losers is, but I do know there are many more losers than winners. If this was not so, there would be no casinos.
We have heard about the entertainment and restaurant benefits of the proposed casino. However, this is not what brings in millions of dollars. We hear the word "gaming" as if it is nothing more than entertainment, but we don't hear about people gambling away their livelihood, and this will happen. Gambling addiction is just like any other addiction. Nothing else matters to the addict, and addicts will be created right here in Cape Girardeau if the casino is approved in November.
Can we afford to allow a casino in Cape Girardeau with a clear conscience?
HOWARD BROWN, Cape Girardeau